Car Hire Itineraries

Driving Route along Cabo de Gato coast

Starting from the village of San Miguel, look out on the left for the salt pans Salinas de Acosta, a vast 4km-long wetland created by a lagoon with blindingly white mounds of salt heaped up. Here you can see the ruins of an old village; the size of the church gives an idea of how important the salt industry must have been. Salt has been extracted from here for centuries since Phoenician times.

Car Hire Itineraries

In this section we have suggested some itineraries that you can use as a base for tours in Andalucia. These itineraries also link together many other information pages. As always the greatest problem is how to fit so much in a limited period of time and have a holiday as well rather than win an endurance award. You will need a good map.

Excursions from Sotogrande by Car

Five excursions - Gibraltar and Los Barrios shopping, the Ruta del Toro to Jerez, Tarifa and the beaches and villages of the Costa de la Luz, Castillar, Jimena and inland villages and the Costa del Sol.

Ronda and Gaucín from Costa del Sol

One-Day-Itinerary to explore the countryside around the towns of Ronda and Gaucin. This route starts at San Pedro de Alcantera, just past Puerto Banus, and ends up just a few kilometres down the coast at Estepona. It's a delightful detour and one, which includes one of the best-known sierra towns of all, Ronda.

Costa Tropical Itinerary Motril to Malaga

Costa Tropica. The orginal coastal highway N-340 follows the hugs the coast and the newer A-7 motorway runs a few km inland along the mountainside thanks to some impressive viaducts and tunnels. If you have time take the N-340 which is more interesting.

Northern and East Sierra driving itinerarys from Aracena

Heading to east and then north in the Sierra are some of the least visited villages of the Sierra, located on the perimeter of the Sierra and Andalucía. Take the N-433 towards Seville from Aracena and just after Higuera de la Sierra, 17 km from Aracena, there is a right turn on to the A-461 to Zufre, which is 9km away from the main road.

Northern Castles Itinerary from Aracena

This route mainly follows the N-433. Starting with the ruined castle in Aracena: follow the signs to the Castillo (castle). You can drive up the hill and park at the top. The church is usually open during the day.

Back Roads of Southern Spain by David Baird

This guide is both practical and entertaining and makes a wholly worthy companion to the author's recently published and very well received East of Malaga which also takes the reader on a memorable voyage of discovery. Behind the crowded coast a fascinating world of sweeping vistas, remote communities and majestic mountains unfolds. Comprehensive maps provide the key to penetrating this world.

Southern Villages driving itinerary from Aracena

This route passes through some of the prettiest villages in the Sierra de Aracena and woodland typical of this area. Leaving Aracena going west towards Portugal on the N-433, the road goes past extensive groves of sweet chestnuts until you get to the small village of Fuenteheridos.

Wild wild west - Itinerary from Almeria airport

Itinerary: Almeria - Tabernas - Almeria - (Day trip) Or continue to Guadix - Granada. If you're a fan of Wild West movies, or you have children in your group, then this outing is perfect for you. Take the A92 north out of Almeria, then turn off to the right on the N340 towards Mini Hollywood.

Deserts and beaches - Itinerary from Almeria airport

Itinerary: Almeria - Cabo de Gata - San Jose - beaches - Rodalquilar - . Leave Almeria on the N344, heading east. Then take the small road towards the town of Cabo de Gata, and carry on as far as the road goes, past the salt flats on your left. You will reach Faro de Gata, the lighthouse - enjoy the open sea views. Head back along the same road, taking the right turn to Ruescas, then right again - you're driving behind Cabo de Gata, as the cape itself is a national park.

Itineraries from Almeria airport

If you want to visit a small but historic Andalucian city, then Almeria airport is where to collect your hire car. The surrounding area offers some of Spain's finest and most unusual beaches - wide sweeps of sand hemmed in by rose-coloured cliffs. This area is as yet undeveloped, so it's a perfect destination for those who prefer quiet days lazing in the sun, away from busy towns and noisy crowds. Movie-lovers will enjoy a visit to the old Hollywood film sets, where many Westerns were filmed, and where you can still see gunfights and dancing girls in a saloon bar.

Alpujaras - Itinerary from Granada airport

Itinerary: Granada - Lanjaron - Orgiva - Trevelez - Yegen - Granada - (1 week).

From Granada, take the N-323 south, climbing up into the mountains and turning off to the left (A348) to Lanjaron.